Comedian punches D.C. journalist over tweets

4:43 PM, Sep 26, 2013   |    comments
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  • Josh Rogin, a senior correspondent at The Daily Beast, was punched by comedian Dan Nainan in Washington, D.C. Wednesday over tweets. (Photo: Twitter/@joshrogin)

Being snarky can get you punched. And punching can get you arrested.

That's what Daily Beast correspondent Josh Rogin found out on Wednesday night at Washington's Improv, a Dupont Circle comedy club where comedian Dan Nainan, a stand-up comic who has toured with Jerry Seinfeld and Garry Shandling, was doing his act.

Rogin, who was live tweeting the event and had earlier mentioned that CNN's Candy Crowley was "bombing, sent out several tweets during Nainan's set criticizing his jokes.

"Dan Nainan was funny until he dusted off his 2005 Katrina jokes in a gratingly bad [George W. Bush] impression," Rogin wrote. "Dan Nainan makes his umpteenth joke about how Asians [can't] distinguish between letters 'L' and 'R.' Election, erection we get it," Rogin added.

Minutes later, Nainan approached the writer at his table in the back, reports The WashingtonPost. According to Rogin, Nainan said, " 'Are you Josh Rogin?' I said yes, and he punched me in the jaw."

Nainan claims he was defending himself: "This guy is just ripping them apart to 30,000 people... he just swung at me. I'm not a violent guy."

WUSA9 asked Rogin for comment.  His response: "I did not instigate this incident.  It occurred exactly the way that I and several witnesses reported at the time and is documented in the police report, which is a matter of public record."

Nainan tweeted after the incident: "Had a blast headlining the DC Improv!"

As for Rogin, he later assured followers: "Thanks for all the support tweeps. Physically I am fine. Just not used to getting attacked for tweets."

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